Kerry’s obscene lie ~ by Khalid Amayreh

[ PIC 03/08/2013 – 12:21 PM ]


By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

In a strange and alarming statement attributed to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this week, the high-ranking American official was quoted as saying that the ousting by the Egyptian army of the democratically-elected President Muhammed Mursi last month was aimed at restoring democracy.

“And the military did not take over, to the best of our judgment — so far. To run the country, there’s a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy.”

Predictably, the statement drew angry reactions from many quarters. Jihad Haddad, a spokesman for the Muslim Brothers, denounced Kerry’s “obscene lie,” accusing the American administration of “complicity in the military coup.”

Haddad said Kerry didn’t know what he was saying.

“Would Secretary Kerry accept Defense Secretary [Chuck] Hagel to step in and remove [US President Barack] Obama if large protests took place in America?

“Would the US army freeze the constitution and dismantle Congress and [the] Senate? Could they install a president that they solely choose in lieu of the legitimate president?”

El-Haddad called Kerry’s comments “alarming,” and accused the US administration of treating the coup with excessive obsequiousness.

“The American people should stand against an administration that is corrupting their values in supporting tyranny and dictatorship,” he added.

Disregarding truth

The claim that the ousting of an elected president doesn’t constitute a military coup is per se an obscene disregard of truth. As to the claim that the coup was effectively restoring democracy to the largest Arab country, it really amounts to committing an act of lewdness with truth.

Besides arresting the democratically-elected President, the first thing the coup makers did was to silence freedom of speech, close down non-conformist TV and media outlets, seal press offices, round up political leaders and dumping them behind bars, without charge or trial.

So, does this sound like trying to restore democracy?

I don’t understand how on earth can democracy be restored by crushing it under the treads of tanks?

In truth, the fact that the American Secretary of State did make this incredible statement makes many people raise questions about Kerry’s moral judgment if not mental sanity.

Kerry ought to know that the senseless and deliberate murder of hundreds of innocent and peaceful Egyptians is an absolute indictment of the military coup authorities, irrespective of the lies and mendacious black propaganda that keep coming out of Egypt.

Nonetheless, I believe that Kerry is neither intoxicated nor insane or suffering mental senility. He is simply being faithful to the consistently malicious immoral American policy in the Muslim world.

It is a policy that embraces and encourages tyranny and dictatorship at the expense of liberty and true democracy.

Washington knows quite well that any government in the Muslim world that is truly answerable to its masses wouldn’t easily budge to American dictates, wouldn’t be at America’s beck and call, and would be ultimately “harmful” to American interests in our part of the world.

Washington knows that military dictatorships are the best and most effective means of keeping a lid on the masses. In short, a military dictator such as Sisi is a thousand time better and more expedient for Washington’s unethical interests than would be a democratically elected leader, e.g. Muhammed Mursi who must be answerable to his people first and foremost, irrespective of Washington’s desires.

In every high school in the United States, students learn Patrick Henry’s famous quote “give me freedom or give death.”

It is really sad that that the Secretary of State of the country that prides itself on having the “Bill of Rights” and the “First Amendment” is openly standing on the side of those who shoot and kill liberty and liberty seekers.”

Not only that, he even calls the usurpation of people’s will and confiscation of civil liberties acts aimed at restoring democracy!

What an ingenious statesman!

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